West Friendship: Make tracks to Halloween Train Garden at Shrine of St. Anthony

There is a lot going on at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road this week.

Oct. 4 marks the feast day of St. Francis, beloved patron saint of animals. The community is welcome to join in a celebration of St. Francis of Assisi during a noon mass in the Shrine Chapel on Oct. 4.

Brother Gerry Seipp will stage a grand opening of his famed Halloween Train Garden on Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m., in the Manor House at the Shrine.

Brother Gerry, one of the Franciscan Friars at St. Anthony Shrine, has been collecting trains and anything to do with trains since he was a child growing up in East Baltimore. His displays are lavish, serendipitous, creative and amazing.

No charge to come out to the Manor House and enjoy the fun that Brother Gerry has in creating this wonderful fall train garden. Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800. The Halloween train garden will be set up on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 each Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Kids love this display. So do grown ups like me.

While you are out at the magnificent grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony, stop by the Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 7 when families and pets are encouraged to come to the Piazza in front of the Shrine Building at 2 p.m. when leashed animals are to be blessed during the annual blessing of animals which celebrates St. Francis of Assisi. The Shrine of St. Anthony is located at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

This is the weekend for the Huge Fall Yard Sale to be held at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandi Hawkins and members of the fire department auxiliary have worked long and hard in getting ready for this big sale. The vendors will be inside and outside and bargains will be plentiful. Station 3 is at 12535 Frederick Road (Routes 99 and 32).

What a day of art and aesthetics met the students at Mt. View Middle School on Sept. 25. In preparation for student entries in the National PTA Reflections Art Program, which holds as its theme "The Magic of a Moment", the PTA at Mt. View Middle held an artist-student brainstorming session geared toward inspiring the students with the works of working artists.

Local artists who shared their own art and art stories with the students, included Bob Boguslaw, a pianist and composer and alumnus of the renowned U.S. Marine Corps Band President's Own, decorative painter Dee Cunningham, Patrick Kilpatrick of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre, photographer Kim Zaruba, singer Donna West Hansen, dancers Kimmary Williams and Jacob Rice of the Central Maryland Youth Ballet, artist and guitar maker Charlie Wehr and writer Sandy Gaffigan. The students were able to discuss art and see representations of what these working artists have created.

They're back. The stink bugs that is. Best remedy to date comes from West Friendship's Gwen Parker who has determined that a can filled with dish detergent makes for a wonderful "pool" and is the best "final resting place" for these hideous and unwanted fall visitors.

Around West Friendship there is always something going on. This weekend car enthusiasts are expected to flock to the Glenwood Senior Center where the annual car show will be held rain or shine on Oct. 6.

The antique cars, including hot rods, modifieds, tuners, classics and best in show, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. If you love classic cars this is the place to be. Silent auctions, refreshments, music and door prizes add to the enticement.

The ever busy folks at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are going shopping and you are invited. Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., is designated as Ladies Night of Shopping at the parish hall, 2892 route 97 in Glenwood.

Lynne Quinn, one of the organizers, promises 15 different vendors with offerings which include jewelry, personalized stationery, shabby chic items and upscale clothing. Refreshments will be served and of course the parking is free. Questions? Call Mary Ellen Willson at 240-372-8878.

The annual Home Show comes to the fairgrounds this weekend with vendors providing information on everything you ever wanted to know about kitchens, bathrooms, landscaping, garage storage, solar panels, awnings and canopies, tile and marble, sheds and gazebos and sunrooms, too.

If you're about to embark on a home improvement project, these folks want to see you. The Home Show will be set up at the fairgrounds in West Friendship on Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking. Free admission.

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